My MedRebels Conference Talk Today

by Chris Centeno, MD /

I’m lecturing this morning at the MedRebels conference in Austin, Texas. This is my talk, which focuses on why interventional orthopedics will be the next interventional cardiology. The amazing thing is that we’re on the verge of a new medical specialty that’s about to rewrite half a century of how best to treat orthopedic injuries. For most patients, this will be precise image-guided injections of orthobiologics (stem cells, PRP, and other things that can help tissues heal) instead of invasive surgery.

As you may know, we run the world’s first interventional orthopedics fellowship and train two young physicians a year in this new discipline. Next year this will grow to three fellows annually. We also started the Interventional Orthopedics Foundation to educate doctors worldwide. These procedures are not simple joint injections, and it’s unlikely that your local family doctor, interventional spine physician, or orthopedic surgeon can do this level of work without additional training.

On a personal note, I had a great time at the meeting discussing things with Philippe Hernigou, MD, the first physician to use stem cells for a variety of indications, including osteonecrosis and fracture nonunion. While I had met Philippe when we both lectured in Dubai, I didn’t have the opportunity to spend time with him. It was an honor to have a few drinks with this pioneer and get to know him as I have been reading his papers since 2004!

I hope you enjoy the new talk!

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  1. ANANT N MAUSKAR,MD

    As a physician and a patient I have discussed my knee problem with few orthopedic Doctors. The main point was discussion was how to get Medicare and other insuarances pay for PRP and SCT.We discussed canvassing for it wth the FDA and the politicians. The stake holders ,the Regenerative Medicine and the Interventional Orthopedics Physician, all need to impress on GOVT BODIES AND OTHRES THE SAFETY AND LOW COST OF THIS APPROACH AS COMPARED TO THE TRADITIONAL SURGERY.Let me know your thoughts. I did discuss this with a member of Reginexx staff.

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Chris Centeno, MD is a specialist in regenerative medicine and the new field of Interventional Orthopedics. Centeno pioneered orthopedic stem cell procedures in 2005 and is responsible for a large amount of the published research on stem cell use for orthopedic applications.
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